Here is the full list of the Tex Ritter Film Award winners:
1979: The electric rider – Robert Redford and Jane Fonda starred in this film, which also starred Willie Nelson, whose songs were grouped together on the first side of the soundtrack album. The soundtrack reached No.3 on Billboardthe ranking of the best country albums. Nelson’s “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” reached number 1 on Hot Country Songs in March 1980. His version of Gregg Allman’s “Midnight Rider” reached number 6.
1980: Coal miner’s daughter – Sissy Spacek won the Oscar for Best Actress for playing Loretta Lynn in this biopic, titled after a Lynn classic that topped Hot Country Songs in December 1970. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including that of best film. The soundtrack reached number two on the best country albums. It was nominated for Album of the Year at the ACM Awards and won in that category at the CMA Awards.
nineteen eighty one : Any way you can – Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke, the stars of the 1979s All over the place but loose, grouped together for this sequel. A song from the soundtrack, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” by David Frizzell and Shelly West, reached number 1 on Hot Country Songs in April 1981. The title song of the film, performed by Glen Campbell, reached number 10. The soundtrack reached 5th place on best country albums.
1982: The best little brothel in Texas – Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton teamed up in this wide-ranging comedy, which also starred Charles Durning in an Oscar-nominated role. Parton recorded a new version of his 1974 classic “I Will Always Love You”, which topped Hot Country Songs in October 1982. The soundtrack reached No. 5 on Top Country Albums.
1983: Tender thanks – Robert Duvall won the Oscar for best actor for this film. The film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Song for âOver You,â written by Austin Roberts and Bobby Hart. Lane Brody’s recording of the song reached number 15 on Hot Country Songs.
1984: Songwriter – Nelson teamed up with Kris Kristofferson in this film and on the soundtrack. The film earned Kristofferson his only Oscar nomination (for Best Original Music). Soundtrack, SongWriter music, reached 21st place for best country albums.
1985: Sweet Dreams – Jessica Lange received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for playing country legend Patsy Cline. Soundtrack, Patsy Cline – The Life and Times of Patsy Cline, reached 6th place for best country albums. It included Cline classics such as “Walkin ‘After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Crazy”, “She’s Got You” and “Sweet Dreams (of You)”, the posthumous success of 1963 which gave the movie title.
1992: Pure country – George Strait starred in this film and was the headliner for the soundtrack, which reached # 1 on Best Country Albums. “I Cross My Heart” and “Heartland” both dominated Hot Country Songs in 1992-93. “When did you stop loving me” reached # 6.
2001: O brother, where are you? – George Clooney starred in this Coen Brothers film which spawned a soundtrack album that became a phenomenon. The soundtrack spent 35 weeks at No. 1 for Best Country Albums and two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 All Genres. She swept the Grammy, ACM and CMA Awards for Album of the Year.
2005: Walk the line – Joaquin Phoenix received an Oscar nomination for playing Johnny Cash in this biopic. Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for playing his wife and musical partner, June Carter Cash. The film, titled after the classic “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash in 1956, received five Oscar nominations. The soundtrack reached third place for best country albums.
2008: Beer for my horses – Toby Keith starred in this film based on his 2002 smash of the same name, which was No.1 for six weeks on Hot Country Songs. Nelson, with whom Keith collaborated on the hit, also appeared in the film.
2009: Mad heart – Jeff Bridges won the Oscar for Best Actor for playing Bad Blake in this film. Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (who produced the brother soundtrack) won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “The Weary Kind (Theme from Mad heart). â Maggie Gyllenhaal was also nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the film.
2010: Strong Country – Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester starred in this movie. âComing Homeâ received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. The soundtrack reached number two on the best country albums.
2015 : Coat of many by Dolly Parton Colors – This made-for-television drama, based on Parton’s 1971 classic “Coat of Many Colors” (# 4 on Hot Country Songs), premiered on NBC in December 2015.
2016: NashvilleâThis series, created by Callie Khouri (who won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the 1991 classic Thelma & Louise), aired on ABC from 2012-16 and on CMT from 2016-18. Series star Connie Britton received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Series in 2013. Nine soundtrack albums related to the series made the Top 10 Best Country Albums.
2018: A star is born – This film received eight Oscar nominations, including nods for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. “Shallow” won the award for best original song. The soundtrack was ranked # 1 on the Billboard 200 for four weeks. âShallowâ and another song from the soundtrack, âI’ll Never Love Again,â won the Grammy Awards for Best Song Written for Visual Media in the following years – the first time something like it has ever happened. ‘had never happened. Gaga co-wrote both songs.
2020: Ken Burns Country Music – The eight-part series featured country music from pioneers like The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers to stars of the 1980s and 1990s like Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam and Garth Brooks.
Although he doesn’t have Emmy love for Country music, Burns has won five Emmy Awards over the years, for Civil war (1991, two prizes), Baseball (1995), Unforgivable Darkness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005) and National parks: America’s best idea (2010).